Have not experienced this myself.
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This is a discussion on Bent Phalaenopsis spike within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; So all the blooms of my large phalaenopsis have opened, the spike was growing and ...
So all the blooms of my large phalaenopsis have opened, the spike was growing and blooming without any stick supporting it, I thought that it should be fine without it since in nature they don't have any support.. after the majority of the blooms opened I started noticing that the spike was starting to bend.. not sure why, my guess is that it could only be the weight of the flowers since nothing accidently touched it.. so I tried supporting the slightly bent area putting a stick side ways to attach the spike on it, without really moving the spike upward. then after a week another spot on top of the first one started to bend to.. and now is pretty bent.. The rest of the flowers still opened even though the spike was slightly bent but now its gone worse from the last time I saw.. Is that something normal?? shouldn't the spike be able to support its own flowers without a stick from the begining? Should I have put a stick since the beginning? ... Will I lose my flowers?!
Its my first rebloomed orchid.. I have so many seedlings and very little blooming size ones, this phal was my first ever orchid and the first one I got to rebloom.
I could imagine that stacking the spike from the beginning helps the orchid to do that nice round spike with the flowers downwards and stacking when the spike is formed is bad because the spike got " hard" in one position, but in my opinion it should have been able to handle the weights of the flower from the beginning without stacking..
Have not experienced this myself.
It does look like the weight of the flowers did pull it over and bend it. Since we buy these all neatly potted in an upright position we presume the grow that way in nature. I think not because they would not survive as the plant would collect water in the crown and soon rot away. The plant grows in the wild often hang sideways which allows the flower spike to hang down. That said, I should allow the real experts to weigh in here.
I'm with Teena, I think most Phals would prefer to grow sideways or even upside down, with their spikes hanging beside or below the plant. I usually tie mine to stakes as they grow the spike. Remember that in the wild with the wild type, the flowers would be much smaller and the spike more able to hold them up. We've bred for the larger, heavier flowers so we get to stake them up to protect the stem and enjoy the flower. The Phals I have with smaller flowers don't so much need staking up, but the big pretty ones do. You probably won't lose the flowers, it will most likely just look a bit untidy. On the whole I find Phals quite forgiving, as long as you don't over water, let the media compact around the roots or let water stand in the center of them. Rot seems to be their worst enemy.
I had The spike growing On its own, thinking that that Aline would be "natural" enough :/ but the plant is in a pot.. I do see that if they were completely upside down or side ways it would be better. I wish I could hang all of my orchids, but my space is limited, when I have my greenhouse things will be different
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I had experienced this once but it was due to accident when I was moving my Phal for watering. It had its own stake but it was short. I took a longer stake, bent the stake following the shape of the spike and clip the whole spike so it stay in place. Just like giving a first aid for people having a broken arm. Good news is the flowers survived. If the spike is long and the flowers are big, you may want to consider staking. But if you stake the spike too high, it can lose balance due to the weight from the big flowers and topple the pot (happened to me once).